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April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

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Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

July 5, 2013
Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

Hello all!  My name is Bri.  I am a teacher of the 14 to 18 year old age group using the new Come Follow Me youth curriculum.  Most Sundays we have the 14 and 15 year old group show up.  For the next two weeks I get a break on teaching due to a fifth Sunday and […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

May 18, 2013
Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course?  (Weekend Poll)

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up.  Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc.  What do you think?  And […]

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Exposure Anxiety

February 26, 2013
Exposure Anxiety

North Korea wants to show its strength despite its small size by launching missiles to intimidate China.  Napolean was said to suffer from “short man” inferiority complex, resulting in his military invasions all over Europe.  Some sources say Hitler felt inferior because his absent father was a Jew, not Aryan.  In the Wizard of Oz, the “wizard” […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 37 Comments »

Society, The World, and Being Not of It

February 5, 2013
Society, The World, and Being Not of It

Daniel faced a serious problem.  Darius the king had been tricked by his princes into outlawing prayer.  But Daniel felt beholden to pray to his God.  The society in which he lived restricted his personal freedoms more than his religious society did.  In fact, his religious community went underground due to the persecutions and restrictions of the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Europe, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Polygamy, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

February 2, 2013
New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

2013 has seen the launch of new lesson manuals for the youth:  YW, YM and Sunday School.  People have long been requesting that the youth manuals be updated.  But there has also been criticism that the YW manuals are all written passively in comparison to YM, to reinforce sexual stereotypes.  The manuals are also much […]

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Grow Up!: Weekend Poll

January 26, 2013
Grow Up!: Weekend Poll

We’ve heard the talks to the priesthood about Peter Pan syndrome:  grown men who still play video games and live in their parents’ garages, not taking adult responsibilities seriously, and not taking the initiative to get married.  Likewise, there have been posts in the bloggernacle about the infantilisation of women in the church:  male leaders and […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

The Plan of Asherah

January 22, 2013
The Plan of Asherah

Quite some time ago I read Kevin Barney’s excellent article he wrote for Dialogue:  “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven Without Getting Excommunicated.”  One of his references was a book by archaeologist, William Dever, called “Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” which I just finished reading.  The gist of the […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, General Conference, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

December 13, 2012
The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication”

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For the Strength of YOUth

September 25, 2012
For the Strength of YOUth

I remember when they added “I Am a Child of God” to the hymn book.  I felt like I had already graduated from Primary, and suddenly I was back again, as if I were Adam Sandler being sent back to first grade.  For some, I’m sure the addition was nostalgic.  The song is not a […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 34 Comments »

7 Habits of Highly Effective Mormons

September 4, 2012
7 Habits of Highly Effective Mormons

Many have asked why so many Mormons are effective business leaders, even before Mitt Romney snagged the GOP nomination.  The late Dr. Covey wrote the best-selling book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989. It has sold over 25 million copies in 38 different languages.  This book also spawned two decades of leadership seminars […]

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Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

August 23, 2012
Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

It is not often that I am prone to blog about scriptures and how they can inspire us. I generally find blogs that are a form of scriptural exegesis rather dull. If I want insipid spiritual thoughts full of sentimentality and devoid of substance I have the Ensign for that, or if I want to […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 59 Comments »

Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

July 20, 2012
Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

When prophets talk what they say falls into one of six categories. This essay is about how to determine which category their words fit into and how to have a better understanding and application of the speech of prophets, ancient and modern.  It presents six categories and five tools. The six categories are: 1) Specific […]

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What REALLY Happened to Traditional Marriage: An Economics Lesson

July 13, 2012
What REALLY Happened to Traditional Marriage: An Economics Lesson

Introduction: More than 70,000 years of tradition Traditional marriage — by which I mean what marriage meant from before the Neanderthals went extinct to 1900 AD or so — was an economic institution.  Actually, for at least 70,000 years… Neanderthals like Middle paleolithic Homo sapiens did not have a division of labor between the sexes.  […]

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Are you Nephi or Lemuel?

June 29, 2012
Are you Nephi or Lemuel?

One of the striking things about the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon is that it appears that both Nephi and Lemuel claimed them for support. As you read through 2 Nephi chapters 17 and 18 you are hitting a favored text of those who claimed that Jerusalem had nothing to fear. When Nephi […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, economics, Morality, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, understanding | 35 Comments »

God save the Queen?

June 21, 2012
God save the Queen?

Does God influence who becomes political leaders?

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